This issue urges you to book soon for your 2012 safari! We have space available next year in some of Africas best destinations. Whether youre thinking of gliding along in a mokoro through the Okavango Delta, standing in the spray of the magnificent Victoria Falls, moving with the migration in Kenyas Masai Mara, sunning yourself on a Mozambique beach or walking along a meandering river in Zambia, we can arrange it for you.
Please also take a look at our new Signature Safaris, which we hope will tempt you to take up one of our favourite African adventures next year.
Privately guided or Independent safaris?
We are sometimes asked what the difference is between travelling independently and being privately guided.
In our case, privately guided means enjoying the excellent company of John Stevens, who is recognised as one of Africas top guides. With more than 30 years experience under his belt, a trip with John is sure to be one that youll never forget, simply because he is able to bring a unique enthusiasm and fresh energy to every safari.
Seeing through Johns eyes is like seeing something for the first time. Hearing his stories, just awesome. You feel safe with John because he is cautious and respectful of the ways of the wild. John has a unique way with children, too they love his engaging manner and he is more than happy to help them learn a few bush survival techniques!
As wonderful as it is to have John accompany you on safari, sometimes the budget just wont allow it and you may wish to travel independently and thats where our recommended guides come in
Each of the camps and lodges we build into our exclusive itineraries, whether privately guided or not, boasts some of Africas finest resident guides and scouts. Most of these places are small owner-managed concerns and, as such, the guiding is of a high standard. We wouldnt recommend them otherwise. So, its entirely up to you and well be happy to discuss your requirements with you.
Book now for your 2012 Safari!
We are reminded every day that availability in Africas hottest destinations is getting increasingly rare, particularly in the smaller, more personal camps that we favour! Our close relationships with operators mean that we can negotiate good rates on your behalf and even beg for the best rooms! So sit down with your family and decide on the adventure of a lifetime - an exclusively designed safari or even one of our Signature Safaris.
Family safaris are incredibly bonding, plus each individual in the family unit discovers what their limits are and how soon they can overcome these in a safari situation! Discover Africas wildlife, and her incredible diversity, but most of all discover yourself. Its all possible in Africa and its never too late contact Nicci before year-end to arrange next years most exciting trip!
|Zimbabwe is a really exciting place to visit now, especially for the first time traveller to Africa. Perceptions of my country are beginning to change and we've witnessed enormous progress in the past two years, says archaeologist, safari guide and native Zimbabwean Paul Hubbard.
While youre here, lend a hand
One of the great things about coming to Africa on safari is interacting with the local people, learning new cultures, experiencing other lives. Theres even a chance of life-changing experiences if you get hands-on involved with a local community. Our suggestion in the last letter Numwa School at Imire Safari Ranch still stands, but wed like to put forward a couple of other suggestions.
Sponsoring an animal is always a great idea and Imires conservation programmes afford you the opportunity to do just that. Sponsor a rhino and help protect this incredible and endangered species. Tatenda the young rhino made famous in the Animal Planet film, Theres a Rhino in my house or Kutanga the baby elephant will be happy to receive your donations for their continued wellbeing and protection!
Depending on your personal skills and expertise, you dont need to donate money, just your time - painting, teaching, building, gardening, sewing
its incredible what joy this all brings, and what a difference you can make. Fantastic for children, too, to learn how fortunate they are and how they can make a special connection here in Africa.
Africas people are engaging, enthusiastic learners and always grateful for any input you can give. Please see these websites for other ideas that might interest you.
Mana Pools is an area in Zimbabwe particularly close to our hearts and wed like to draw your attention to a potentially harmful development that is being proposed in this World Heritage Site. Please read and pass on to your friends and colleagues. The more the world knows about whats going on in Mana Pools, the better. We can all do something to help protect this precious part of Africa, even if just adding to the cacophony of concern! http://www.zambezi.co.uk/mana_pools.htm
Mara to Mana Invitational Safari
Spaces are being snatched up fast for one of our most exciting offerings next year, the Mara to Mana invitational, 21st August to 1st September 2012. Two of Africas top guides, our very own John Stevens and Kenyas Calvin Cottar, have combined their talents to steer an exclusive safari from Kenyas beautiful Masai Mara to Zimbabwes incredible Mana Pools.
This limited edition invitational safari includes 4 nights at Cottars 1920s-style camp, 4 nights with the Mana Pools Safari Companys luxury tented camp and ends with a magical 2 nights at the world-famous Victoria Falls! Contact Nicci now to secure your place alongside Africas legends firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to offer a limited range of private and small group safaris to some of our favourite places in Africa. Although these safaris are not tailor-made, they remain infused with the Stevens well-known ethos of quality and class.
They are more affordable than bespoke and, although John will not join you on these trips, he has contributed considerably to these ideas; youll enjoy the hospitality of world-class lodges and camps run by people we know, the knowledge and expertise of brilliant guides whom John would recommend, plus efficient ground handling and transfers.
This is John Stevens Guided Safaris Africa best-of-the-best, and were happy to share it with you!
Knockers Tanzania - March 2012
Active Adventure Zam-Zim - July / August 2012
Saddle & Paddle Botswana - September / October 2012
Years of first-hand experience, extensive knowledge and great contacts combine to create a Signature Safari of unforgettable experiences and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and the fascination of the ancient continent of Africa and her people.
If you love the sound of any of these Signature Safaris, but would rather take them at a different time, or with added extensions, this can be arranged. Similarly, if youd like to lengthen or shorten the safari, or have it organised privately, we can do this for you. Email Nicci email@example.com with your requirements, we look forward to discussing these with you.